Everyone wants to bring their best foot forward and be productive each day. These tips can help you see a difference in your daily productivity, your attitude, and mental health. It only takes 7 minutes to follow this routine everyday, so why not give it a try?
Step 1: Prepare
Before you start the routine, first find a quiet place. If you arrived early to work, then your work desk will be fine, if not maybe try the lobby, canteen, balcony, or any place that’s quiet enough. Bring a journal, pen, (or if you’re more on the digital side, your smartphone or tablet will do as long as it’s not a distraction) and watch.
Step 2: Clear your head
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Minute 1. For every brainstorming and concentration it’s always important to clear your head. This is one of the most important parts of the routine. If you’re too distracted with with checking your social media on your smartphones or tablets, then keep them away and use a journal instead. You can opt to turn off your internet settings too if you insist on using your digital device.
Step 3: Breathe
Minute 2. In the process of clearing your head, you’ll be most likely disturbed by stressful thoughts which may be about the work you’re going to do later, or the laundry you forgot to pick up yesterday, or you have some trouble with family. No matter what it is, try to concentrate on breathing while clearing your head. For this part of the routine to work, do your best to stop and settle your thoughts and be at peace. Just sit quietly and breathe.
Step 4: Write down notes and doodle
Minute 3-6. Write down the first few thoughts you had upon arriving at work. You don’t need drawing skills to do this, you can doodle in ideas and thoughts for the day as well as the tasks that you need to do. This is a good way to see what is important and what is currently stressing you out.
Step 5: Look back
Last minute. Once you’re done writing a few notes, you can look back at the keywords you wrote and make short plans on how you’re going to solve them, make them happen, or leave them be. Then choose one of things on the list and make sure you take action on that task you chose. Whether it’s finishing a report or maybe apologizing to a colleague you hurt the other day. Focus on that task and make sure you’re going to deal with it within the day.
There you go. Try this routine for a week and try to see the difference.